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Moving Image Digitization in the Real World

Two of my favorite moments at work are when I confirm that the regular UPS visit just picked up a shipment of tapes going to the vendor and when I receive a package from the vendor—the hard drive with files from tapes sent previously. Yes, I send tapes, and in a couple of weeks I … Continue reading

Moving Beyond Band-Aids at Berea College

This continues our series of guest posts from universities actively addressing media preservation issues.  The format distribution among Berea College’s 18,000 plus non-commercial audio and video holdings is about a third each, 1960s-1970s era open reel tapes and audio cassettes, and a final third divided about evenly between VHS and half-inch open reel video tapes … Continue reading

The Library of Congress Unveils National Recording Preservation Plan

The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covers infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy strategies. The plan derived … Continue reading

Would Anyone Like Some Corn With Their Preserved Media?

October 3, 2011: The day that the program in Media Preservation (and its sister program in Digital Preservation) rose from the fertile Illinois soil like a new crop of sprouting corn.  Ok, well maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but let’s just say it was the start of a new era for the Preservation and … Continue reading

Good Numbers, Better Access, EIAJ and Irony

I feel honored that Mike Casey, a media preservation hero of mine, asked me to blog here.  His invitation arrived on a happy day: I was feeling good about the annual internal report I’d recently compiled on the Stanford Media Preservation Lab’s latest production statistics, project milestones and community initiatives, so I thought I’d use … Continue reading

On Death and Media Preservation (Why Things Are Not As They Seem)

Guest Series Introduction While we’re not ready to call it a trend just yet, the Indiana team has noticed movement on media preservation issues at a number of academic institutions, particularly within library systems. Maybe it’s hiring a media preservation specialist, building a digitization lab, or developing an outsourcing workflow but the intent is the … Continue reading

An Hour in the Life of a Project

It’s the middle of summer and campus is quiet. Despite the seeming inactivity, I realize that nearly all Media Preservation Initiative (MPI) hands are on deck, so I begin asking everyone what they are working on. With summer break in full swing we have not been communicating as regularly through this blog and I figure … Continue reading

Extracting Audio From Pictures (Summary)

Some of the world’s earliest disc recordings, dating from the late 1880’s, exist today only as pictures in books or magazines. The discs themselves were lost long ago, leaving little hope that their sounds could ever be heard again. But sound media historian Patrick Feaster has developed a method for extracting sound from these prints, … Continue reading

Extracting Audio from Pictures

Three years ago, a survey team identified a staggering 569,148 time-based media objects on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University—that’s over half a million sound recordings, video recordings, and reels of film. The earliest items documented in the survey report date back to 1893. However, that report doesn’t mention what might be considered IU Bloomington’s … Continue reading

The School of the Sky Returns

“I imagine you’ve heard of old-time radio drama before—The Shadow, The War of the Worlds, that sort of thing.  But did you know that, back during the Golden Age of Radio, radio dramas were being created right here at Indiana University—with students as the scriptwriters and performers?” That’s how I introduced my global sound media … Continue reading

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